Chantelle Richmond

Assistant Professor
Cross Appointed with First Nations Studies & the Department of Family Medicine

Research Interests

I am a First Nation scholar who has trained primarily in health geography. Both from a personal and academic perspective, I am deeply concerned with the current health and social inequalities endured by Indigenous Canadians, and the contributions of environmental change to these realities.

My research draws from various methods to examine the social and environmental determinants of Indigenous health, and to better understand the dimensions linking health and place among Indigenous peoples in Canada and around the world. I have research interests in the ways that social, environmental, economic and political processes – broadly defined - work to affect the environments within which Indigenous peoples live. I am particularly interested in understanding how these environments shape access to, and the quality of, social determinants of Indigenous health.

I currently have two on-going community-based projects with First Nation communities in Ontario.

The first is a CIHR-funded project designed to preserve local Indigenous Knowledge among Anishinabe youth and elders on Northern Lake Superior. This project bridges researchers from UWO and Lakehead U with community collaborators from three First Nation communities on Lake Superior (Red Rock Indian Band, Ojibways of the Pic River First Nation, and the Batchewana First Nation of Ojibways). The objective of the project is to create multiple sites of knowledge transfer between Elders, Youth, Community collaborators and University partners – the aim being to preserve local knowledge and use it in tangible ways to protect local environments and improve health.

The second project is funded by the Heart & Stoke Foundation of Ontario to describe dietary patterns and better understand the social determinants of food choice among First Nation people in London and at a nearby reserve. This project is a collaborative effort of University partners (Western, Toronto) and Dietitians and other staff at the Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC). SOAHAC has identified issues such as low income, access to transportation and lone parent family status to be linked in significant ways to food security among some of their clients. In this study, we are using both survey & interview methods to better understand the social and environmental determinants that underlie dietary patterns and food choices.

Publications (past 7 years)

Refereed Journals

Mkandawire, P., Richmond, C.A.M., Dixon, J., Luginaah, I., and Tobias, J. 2013. Hepatitis B in Ghana’s Upper West Region: A Hidden Disease In Need of National Policy Attention. Health and Place.

Tobias, J.K., Richmond, C.A.M. and Luginaah, I. 2013 'Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) with Indigenous Communities: Producing Respectful and Reciprocal Research' Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics 8(2): 129-140

Richmond C.A.M., Smith, D. and The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health 2012 'Sense of Belonging in the Urban School Environments of Aboriginal Youth' International Indigenous Policy Journal 3(1)

Finkelstein, S., Forbes, D. and Richmond, C.A.M. 2012 'Formal Dementia Care among First Nations in Southwestern Ontario' Canadian Journal on Aging 31(3): 257-270

Richmond, C.A.M. and Smith, D. 2012 'Sense of Belonging in the Urban School Environments of Aboriginal Youth' The International Indigenous Policy Journal
3(1): 1-17

Richmond, C. and Wilson, K. 2011 'La Santé des Peuples Automchtones / The Health of Indigenous Peoples' in Santé et Geographie Nouveaux Regards par S. Fleuret and A.C. Hoyez (Economica Anthropos: Paris) 115-126

Kulmann, K.A. and Richmond C.A.M. 2011 'Addressing the persistence of Tuberculosis Among the Canadian Inuit Population: The need for a social determinants of health framework' International Indigenous Policy Journal 2(1): 1-16

Zhou, A.W., Boshart, S., Seelisch, J., Eshaghian, R., McLeod, R., Nisker, J., Richmond, C.A.M. and Howard, J.M. 2011 'Efficacy of a 3-hour Aboriginal health teaching in the medical curriculum: Are we changing student knowledge and attitudes?' Health Education Journal

Richmond, C.A.M. 2009 'The social determinants of Inuit health: A focus on social support in the Canadian Arctic' International Journal of Circumpolar Health 68 (5): 471-487

Richmond, C., Dockstator, M.S. and Beavon, D. 2009 'One Path, Many Directions: The Complex and Diverse Nature of Contemporary Aboriginal Reality' Canadian Diversity 7(3): 3-4

Richmond, C.A.M. and Ross, N.A. 2009 'The determinants of First Nation and Inuit health: A critical population health approach' Health and Place 15(2): 403-411

Richmond, C. 2008 'Explaining the paradox of health and social support among Aboriginal Canadians' Canadian Issues Winter: 65-71

Richmond, C. and Ross, N.A. 2008 'Social support, material circumstance and health behaviour: Influences on health in First Nation and Inuit Communities of Canada' Social Science and Medicine 67: 1423-1433

Chapters in Books

Richmond, C.A.M. The relatedness of people, land and health: Stories from Anishinabe Elders. In Sarah de Leeuw, Margo Greenwood, and Charlotte Reading “Our health, Our Selves: Determinants of Indigenous Peoples’ Health in Canada.” Canadian Scholars’ Press Inc.

Williams, J., Richmond C.A.M. Cross Cultural Issues in Health Psychology in, Hadjistavropoulos, T. & Hadjistavropoulos, H. (Editors). Fundamentals of Health Psychology. Don Mills: Oxford University Press.

Wilson K., Richmond, C.A.M and Snyder M. 'Indigenous Health' in Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behaviour and Society (Wiley-Blackwell)

Richmond, C. and Wilson, K. 2011 'La santé de gens Indigènes' in Santé et Géographie, Nouveaux Regards ed Sébastien Fleuret et Anne-Cécile Hoyez 63-80

Beavon D., Richmond C. and Dockstator, M. 2010 'Editorial: One Path, Many Directions: The Complex and Diverse Nature of Contemporary Aboriginal Reality' Canadian Diversity

Richmond C. and Big-Canoe, K. 2010 'The social determinants of Aboriginal health: Defining a research Agenda for Canada’s Urban Population' in Aboriginal Policy Research: Urban Perspectives ed J. White, J. Peters, D. Beavon and P. Dinsdale (Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing)

Wilson, K. and Richmond, C. 2009 'Indigenous Health and Medicine' in International Encyclopedia of Human Geography ed R. Kitchin and N. Thrift (Oxford: Elsevier Limited) 5: 365-370

Documentary Film

Richmond, C.A.M. and Fortier, J.M. 2013 Gifts from the Elders 60 minutes Copyright: University of Western Ontario, London
[Companion website:] [TRAILER]

Supervised Graduate Students and Theses Titles

PhD Students Year Title
C. Graeme Current TBA
F. Sekercioglu Current TBA
J. Tobias


2015 "We are the Land": Researching Environmental Repossesion with Anighinaabe Elders
J. George
2012 Intimate partner violence (IPV) and the social determinants of Aboriginal people's health: A case study of First Nation's women's resilience, resistance and renewal
MA Students Year Title
K. English
Current TBA
K. Kulmann 2012 "We should be listening to our Elders": Evaluation of transfer of Indigenous knowledge between Anishinable youth and Elders
K. Big-Canoe 2011 Indigenous Knowledge, Social Relationships and Health: Community-based Participatory Research with Anishinabe Youth at Pic River First Nation
S. Finkelstein
2010 Formal Dementia Care Among First Nations
J. Tobias
2010 Embodied political ecologies of health: Examining the relationship between alcohol misuse and hepatitis in the Upper West Region of Ghana

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Courses Taught

GEO 2411G / FNS 2601G - Indigenous Environments

GEO 9116 - Indigenous Health